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A player, a teammate, a captain. All of these describe the once respected Edgar Martinez. Why is he not respected anymore? Criticsáof him need to learn to respect the man that helped revolutionize America's pastime. At one time, Martinez was one of the most feared hitters of his generation. That happens when you own the position you play. That was exactly what Martinez did as a Mariner. So what do Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Rogers Hornsby, and Stan Musial have in common with Martinez? Those five players (all in the Hall of Fame), along with Edgar Martinez are the only players in major league baseball history to have a batting averageáof .300 or more, an on-base percentage of .400 or more, a slugging percentage of .500 or more, 2000 hits, 300 home runs, 500 doubles, and 1000 wal ...

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